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5 detoxing yoga moves for better digestion

Feeling sluggish? Check out the top yoga moves to help digestive detoxification

We all know the feeling – bloated and sluggish, despite maintaining a relatively well-balanced diet. For many, digestive issues can affect not only our physical wellbeing, but also our emotional wellbeing. Thankfully, there’s an alternative to stuffing your diet with tasteless high-fibre products: yoga.

Long known for its relaxing and detoxifying abilities, yoga provides an easy and enjoyable way to improve your digestive health and put the spring back in your step. Owner of Melbourne spin and yoga studio Bodhi & Ride, Michaela Fellner, talks us through the five best detoxifying moves.

1. Wide-legged forward bend

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A great pose for opening tight hamstrings and assisting with digestion. This pose reverses the pull of gravity, encouraging circulation of blood through the body. The folding motion squeezes the belly which also moves things along for detoxification.

Technique tips:

Bring your hands to your hips, step your feet wide apart, turn your toes slight in and your heels slightly out. Exhaling, fold forward at the hips and keep your back straight and torso long. Drop your head, and grip your hands to the outer edge of your feet.  Shift your weight slightly forward to the balls of your feet so your ankles and hips are aligned. Breathe slowly for one minute. To release, bring your hands to your hips, inhale and lift your torso with your back flat.

2. Revolved Chair Pose

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This kickass pose strengthens your lower legs, and makes your quads and glutes feel as though they’re on fire! The deep twist is also excellent for aiding digestion as you feel the gentle pressure on your kidneys, liver and spleen, which stimulates the removal of toxins, while toning your abdominal wall. It also stimulates the heart, improving circulation in the blood, respiratory, and lymphatic systems, and relieves mental and physical sluggishness!

Technique tips:

Stand with your feet together, bend your knees as far as you can go with both feet planted on the ground. Lengthen your torso and bring your hands to a prayer position. Exhaling, twist your torso to the right and hook your left elbow to the outside of your right thigh. Ensure your back remains long, your knees aligned and keep your weight in your heels. Breathe slowly for one minute. Stand to release and then repeat on the other side.

3. Three-legged downward-facing dog pose

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Holding your head below your heart and your leg lifted in the air – this variation of Downward Dog encourages blood to circulate throughout the body, as well as move fluid to the lymph nodes. This pose can also be very relaxing, which can help with mental detox as well as releasing stress, fear and sadness.

Technique tips:

Note, do not attempt this move if you have back, arm or shoulder injuries.

Begin on your hands and knees. Align your hands under your shoulders and your knees under your hips. Spread your fingers and press firmly through your palms.  Tuck your toes and lift your knees off the floor. Bring your body into the shape of an A, lengthening your legs slowly and keeping the extension through your back, shoulders and arms. Step both feet together, then inhale and lift your right leg in the air, flexing your foot with the toes pointing to the floor. Keep your standing leg strong and breathe slowly for one minute. Lower your right foot to the mat, placing it next to your left foot. Repeat the pose on the opposite side.

4. Locust pose

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This pose strengthens the entire back of the body, opens the heart, and encourages good posture. The pressure on your abdomen encourages digestion and stimulates the removal of toxins.

Technique tips:

Lay on your belly with your forehead on the floor and your arms resting along your side. Roll and lift your shoulders away from the floor, reach your wrists back and broaden your chest, keeping your neck long and nose pointed towards the floor. Engage your buttock muscles and lift your legs off the ground, keeping them no wider then hip distance. Hold for 15 to 20 seconds and continue to shallow breathe. Rest and repeat.

5. Spine twist

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A twist will not only leave you feeling energised and focused, but will also give you mental clarity, relieve stress and deep tension, and detoxify your entire system by massaging your internal organs, encouraging the elimination of toxins.

When you release your twist, fresh blood and nutrients rush back into your digestive organs, helping nourish and support them.

Technique tips:

Sitting on the floor with both legs outstretched, cross the left leg over the right, placing the foot flat on the floor by the right knee. Then bend the right leg to bring the right heel next to the left hip.  Wrap your right hand around the left knee to twist. Place your left hand behind your left hip and press down through the hand, the hips and through the crown to lengthen the spine.

Stay in Spine Twist for at least five deep breaths, then repeat on other side. Even better—bring some Yin into your world and hold it for two to three minutes on each side!

Michaela Fellner

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Michaela Fellner

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Having endured a sea-change from a high-powered job in the banking industry, Michaela always had a vested interest in fitness and wellness, and simultaneously taught indoor cycling and yoga classes while balancing motherhood. In 2016 Michaela turned her passion into a full time career and launched Bodhi & Ride: a fitness and wellness boutique in Port Melbourne featuring a spin chamber with weights and offering full-body workouts on bikes, sound-tracked flow yoga classes and a purpose built meditation pod.

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